Where did you grow up?
Indian Hills near Evergreen, Colo., in the mountains west of Denver.
My wife, Ronda, of 45 years and I first met when I was in second grade and she was in first grade. Our three children and their spouses have blessed us with 12 grandchildren — eight girls and four boys ranging in age from a month old to 14 years.
What do you enjoy most about living in the Grand Junction area?
The diversity of activities both inside and outside while enjoying the four seasons. My favorite activity is singing “a cappella” music with the Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus and singing in my barbershop quartet – “Spare Parts.”
How long have you worked in real estate?
I received my sales license on Jan. 1, 1980 while helping develop a 1,480-acre custom home and golfing community in the foothills southwest of Denver. In 2005, I received my employing broker’s license to be able to start United Country RealQuest Realty here in Grand Junction. I continued as employing/managing broker until 2011 when my partner bought me out and I moved back to associate broker status.
What would you consider your specialty?
Working with retirees and seniors, not only with their own personal housing needs, but also with their investment real estate.
Do you have any accreditations or certifications?
In addition to earning two bachelor’s degrees I have received certifications in many areas including Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS), Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI). In 2012 I graduated from the Texas Auction Academy as an auctioneer.
What is the most challenging/ gratifying aspect of what you do?
The most challenging aspect of real estate is convincing sellers to price their property to match the current market conditions. The most gratifying is seeing the excitement buyers express after closing when they did not think that they could own a home.
What is the most unique property you’ve ever listed or sold?
Listing and selling the old Rio Grande Railroad operations building (currently labeled “Union Depot”) as a Reverse 1031 Exchange. Also listing and selling the 1906 train station and the Artesia Motel.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to buy a home today?
Pick a Realtor who will work as your coach in a buyer’s agency relationship to help you get the best deal available that meets your needs and who has a working knowledge of current market trends in each area of Mesa County.
What is one tip you have for someone looking to sell a home today?
Pick a Realtor who will work as your coach in a seller’s agency relationship to help you get the best sale price for your property and who has the tools available to communicate with the largest buyer pool possible.
Why should someone use you as a real estate agent?
I have the education, experience, and training that sophisticated buyers and sellers need today in a process that continues to get more complicated each year.